|Teacher transformations: a phenomenological study on the effect of Courage to Teach on experienced teachers' growth and development: a dissertation - Nollet, Kathleen M.|
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a professional development experience on ten experienced teachers who participated as a cohort in Courage to Teach. Courage to Teach, founded by Parker Palmer, is a program of quarterly retreats that foster personal and professional renewal for teachers. The program focused on renewal through deep reflection that helps teachers to investigate the inner and outer landscapes of their lives...
Keywords: Teachers--In-service training; Teachers; Teachers--United States--Psychology; Courage to Teach; Professional development
|Authority, leadership, and peacemaking: the role of the Diasporas: a pilot study of a group relations conference - Wallach, Tracy|
Research suggests that conflicts are much more likely to re-ignite in societies which have large Diaspora communities in the United States. This study examines the role of American Jewish, Arab, and other Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and addresses the generally neglected role of trauma and emotions in perpetuating conflict. The project employed group relations conference methodology to conduct the inquiry...
Keywords: Diaspora; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Group relations; Peace; Leadership; Trauma; Reconciliation
|Integrating contemplative practice into the undergraduate pursuit of finding and following an intuitive call - Wall, Jan W.|
The purpose of this study was to investigate the integration of contemplative practice into higher education. The intention of such integration would be to facilitate a students ability to hear and follow an intuitive call. Intuition was defined as an immediate, unmediated or tacit way of knowing; calls or callings as inner directives towards meaningful life pursuits. Intuition and calls were seen as overlapping and interchangeable terms...
Keywords: Holistic education; Contemplation; Higher education; Education, Higher--Philosophy; Vocation; Contemplative practice; Calls; Developmental readiness; Disorienting dilemma; Heuristic research; Intuition; Tacit knowledge; Undergraduates
|Text and texture: an arts-based exploration of transformation in adult learning - Larsen, Enid E.|
This research explored the transformational and co-transformational potential of collage, assemblage and mixed media in an accelerated undergraduate adult course on imagination and creativity. The methods were qualitative and arts-based artist-teacher inquiry within a constructivist art class for ten, female adult learners. Informed by the researcher's living inquiry through visual auto-ethnography, a collagist methodology shaped the research, including syllabus construction, course delivery and...
Keywords: Adult learning; Adult education; Art study and teaching; Collage; Mixed media; Assemblage; Creative thinking; Adult learners; Psychology; Self-actualization (Psychology); Motivation in education
|Role of the arts toward healing trauma and building reslience in the Palestinian community - AI-Ajarma, Yousef|
This study has investigated the sources of resilience in a sample of Palestinians who experienced the first Intifada and are now studying in the United States. The study found that family and community support, the pursuit of an education, and participation in artistic activities all contribute to individual resilience among Palestinians. In addition, political awareness and activity are another source of resilience, because they help individuals living under Occupation to find meaning in their ...
Keywords: Expressive arts therapy; Resilience; Trauma; Palestinian Arabs; Arab-Israeli Conflict
|Phenomenology of embodied dreamwork with Puerto Rican women - Brache-Tabar, Lourdes Faride|
The author investigated the experience of embodied dreamwork. Participants were eight Puerto Rican women who were chronically ill, of low socioeconomic status, who lived in Boston. The data were analyzed using transcendental phenomenology. Each participant engaged in one embodied dreamwork-unstructured interview session lasting approximately 1.5 hours. In addition, each participant drew a picture of how she felt after the dreamwork interview...
Keywords: Health sciences; Mental health; Psychology; Counseling; Phenomenology; Art therapy; Arts--Therapeutic use; Dreams--Therapeutic use; Puerto Rican women
|Care, culture, and education nursing students' perceptions of care and culture: implications for practice - Wright, Pauline Rita|
Today's nurses work and live in a multicultural society where they encounter patients whose backgrounds are different from theirs, and who need care from nurses who are both proficient in their work and knowledgeable about the role that culture plays in patient treatment. In this study, 45 student nurses enrolled in a baccalaureate program at a northeastern urban college completed a survey about their perceptions of care and culture including their relevance and application to the practice of nu...
Keywords: Health sciences; Nursing; Intercultural communication; Nursing education; Student nurses; Nursing practice
|Study of the effects of Peaceable Schools curricula on student achievement in an urban middle school - Nurenberg, David|
Given that a review of the available literature suggests links between the problems of school safety (both physical and emotional) and low student achievement, effective school reform needs to address both issues simultaneously. Most education reformers, though doubtless concerned about safety, have, in the wake of the outcomes-based movement in American education, focused mainly on raising student test scores through increasingly standardizing school structures...
Keywords: Education--Philosophy of; Education--Curriclum and instruction; Achievement; Conflict resolution; Nonviolence; Social constructivism; Peaceable schools; Peace studies
|1995 Approved Charter Schools - Commonwealth of Massachusetts|
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Executive Office of Education.
Keywords: Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Department of Education; Charter Schools
|Parents perceptions about an early childhood program: analysis of parents focus group discussions - Zakarian, Natalie Ann|
This study focuses on identifying the primary concerns parents have at school entry for their children. The investigation is a qualitative analysis of data derived from a series of ten parent focus group sessions conducted in a large northeastern school district. The ten sessions were conducted over a period of four months for a total of twenty hours of data. Regular members of the focus group included four parents who had 4 and 5 year old children in an early childhood literacy program, a volun...
Keywords: Parent and child; Early childhood education; Language arts (Preschool)
|Stopping-out of college: the students' stories: a dissertation - Webber, Diane Simpson|
This study focuses on young adults under the age of 26 who enrolled in a 4-year college, left college, then later re-enrolled in either the same or different college... The participants of this study demonstrated that through the acts of asking and telling their stories, they could put into words how they made meaning of their experience. --Abstract
Keywords: College dropouts -- United States -- Case studies
|Transforming higher education through part-time faculty professional development that fosters flourishing: a dissertation - Thompson, Janet Lynn|
This qualitative study investigates the professional development experiences part-time faculty identify as positive. The purpose is to examine how positive professional development experiences inform part-time faculty's subsequent teaching, and what relational qualities if any are present in those positive experiences. --Abstract
Keywords: College teachers -- In-service training -- Case studies
|Home environment factors influencing literacy development: a group of Brazilian immigrant Head Start children: a dissertation - Switzer, Sharon C.|
This dissertation examines the literacy practices embedded in the home environment of a group of 5 Brazilian Head Start children. It elucidates the difficulties and challenges of immigration that influenced their home environments and describes the literacy practices embedded within these home environments. --Abstract
Keywords: Head Start programs -- United States; Reading -- Parent participation
|Influences on professional learning: five teachers' stories: a dissertation - Sterling, Mary Lincoln|
The purpose of this study was to identify and understand changes that endured in teachers' knowledge and practice after participation in professional development. Case studies were conducted with five teachers who completed a common professional development course in pedagogy... --Abstract
Keywords: Teachers -- In-service training -- United States -- Case studies
|Teacher supervision and reflectivity: a relational and interactional process: a dissertation - Stanley, Claire M.|
This dissertation examines teacher supervision and reflectivity.
Keywords: Teachers -- Training of; Reflection (Philosophy)
|Oasis from learn-to-earn :adult, working-class, liberal arts graduates make meaning of their learning careers at Harvard: a dissertation - Spreadbury, Suzanne C.|
The purpose of this study was to learn from 18 adult students, all of whom grew-up working class and many of whom were living working-class lives as adults, the meaning of returning to school and earning a liberal arts degree from an open-enrollment program, Harvard University Extension (HES), which is part of a selective, elite institution: Harvard University... --Abstract
Keywords: Adult education -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge -- Harvard University
|Teacher reflection in a school committed to student reflection : dissertation - Smith, Debra Richardson|
The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of three veteran teachers in an elementary school in which there was an explicit commitment to fostering children's reflection about their own learning. --Abstract
Keywords: Reflection (Philosophy) -- Case studies; Teaching
|Pre-verbal trauma, dissociation and the healing process: a dissertation - Scotten, Dorothy Dreier|
This qualitative research study examines some of the ways in which the healing process takes place in adults who have experienced dissociation, and who have most likely been psycholigically traumatized before full language development. --Abstract
Keywords: Psychic trauma in children; Dissociative disorders
|Characteristics of learners enrolled in advanced level courses in Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese at Brandeis University: a dissertation - Ringvald, Vardit|
Researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of foreign language study in higher education in the United States are familiar with the phenomenon of declining numbers among learners in advanced foreign language courses… This study offers new direction in understanding the dropout phenomenon. Its goal is to examine the characteristics of learners at the advanced level as a means to explain and understand their motivation to pursue advanced language with the hope that these findings...
Keywords: Language and languages -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Psychological aspects
|Dimensions of the paraeducator experiencefacilitating the inclusion of children with identified special education needs in general education classes: a dissertation - Riggs, Cathryn Griswold|
This study investigates the role of teacher's assistants with special education students in mainstreamed classrooms.
Keywords: Mainstreaming in education
|Role and impact of leaders' mental models in effecting planning transformational change: a dissertation - Rathmill, Stephen C.|
Research was conducted on four leaders of for-profit organizations… By conducting in-depth interviews with these leaders and their middle-level managers, individual's mental models were analyzed and degrees of congruence between their espoused theories and their actual behaviors and actions were illuminated. --Abstract
Keywords: Leadership -- Psychological aspects; Organizational change
|Dialogue: a qualitative study of a faculty development intervention to assist faculty in exploring the practitioner assumptions that impact their role in higher education and medical education: a dissertation - Qualters, Donna M.|
The Dialogue study is concerned with understanding how Dialogue could be applied to faculty development. Dialogue is a structured form of group interaction developed as an organizational behavior tool (Isaacs, 1993) which creates space for practitioner assumptions to be probed and insight into practice achieved… The study focused on self-selected multi-discipline faculty from a four year institution and a public medical school...
Keywords: Dialogue analysis; College teachers -- In-service training
|What archetypes of representation do children between the ages of four and seven employ when creating route maps of familiar interior spaces: a dissertation - Price, Christine G.|
This study investigated the symbols of representation young children choose to incorporate when they draw route maps of familiar interior spaces, based on the premise that development of map-making skills might unfold in much the same stage-like manner as the development of the ability to draw the human figure. --Abstract
Keywords: Space perception in children
|Mentoring college students with learning disabilities: a case study: a dissertation - Pennini, Susan Wilmot|
This qualitative case study investigates the nature and role of a college mentor in facilitating the metacognitive development of college students with learning disabilities (LD). The researcher used three primary sources to triangulate the data for the inquiry: individual interviews with a mentor of college students with LD and three of her students; observations of sessions between the mentor and her students; and, documents from student files...
Keywords: Learning disabled -- Education (Higher) -- Case studies
|Dispelling the myth of the non-singer: changing the ways singing is perceived, implemented and nurtured in the classroom: a dissertation - Pascale, Louise M.|
Many American classroom teachers fervently claim not to be able to sing and are considered 'non-singers.' Studies reported here reveal a paradox : put in a context where singing is approached from another perspective, those same people can and do sing. How did they come to think of themselves otherwise? A close look at the terms 'singer' and 'singing' reveals the ways in which the meanings of these words are socially and culturally constructed.....
Keywords: Singing -- Instruction and study
|Midlife experience of contemporary women views along the midway: a dissertation - Panchuck, Paula DeAngelis|
This research study investiages middle-aged women's attitudes and views.
Keywords: Middle-aged women -- Psychology
|Meaning making and positive development with adolescent girls :using the arts, community, reflections, and service: a dissertation - Nagel, J. Eva|
This study explores the essential factors needed in adolescent youth programs, which intend to promote resilience, well being, and meaning making as a part of the healthy development of adolescent girls. The research explores the role of the arts, community building, mentoring, service, and reflection on this development. The context is Side by Side, a summer leadership development program. In a qualitative case study approach, the data is organized primarily from the written and spoken words of...
Keywords: Teenage girls -- Identity; Community arts projects
|Mathematics, modeling, and modular curriculum in engineering retraining programs: a dissertation - Moussavi, Massoud|
The present study is an attempt to probe, explore, and provide an appropriate educational method for engineering retraining programs. The central concerns and implications of this study revolve around: who engineers are, how they learn, why they need to learn, and what they have to learn. The existing retraining programs also will be evaluated in order to develop a suitable retraining program for engineers...
Keywords: Engineers -- Training of
|Hearing whiteness, seeing race: women leaders give visibility to their White identity: a dissertation - Moritz, Ann|
This study investigates what it means for women leaders to identify as White. The purpose is to examine a sense of racial identity and how that identity affects a sense of self as a leader. Twelve women answered questions from a designed interview protocol in two settings that occurred approximately four weeks apart. --Abstract
Keywords: Whites -- Race identity -- United States -- Research
|Three high school teachers' conceptions of the French they teach: a dissertation - Moran, Patrick R.|
This study investigates secondary French teachers' conceptions of the French they teach.
Keywords: French teachers --Training of
|Narrating gender: children's responses to gender roles and depicted in orally told folk tales and other traditional stories: a dissertation - Mello, Robin Ann|
This qualitative investigation was based on grounded and feminist methodology and examined the reactions, of ten fourth grade students, to the gender roles depicted in orally told folk tales. Data consisted of surveys, writing samples, and interviews, collected in both mixed and single gender groups. These data were then transcribed and analyzed using open and axial coding procedures. --Abstract
Keywords: Sex role -- Folklore
|Is this a mirror I see before me?: adolescent girls use imaginal writing to re-vision life experience: a dissertation - Marzelli, Cameron L.|
This participant observer collective case study was an investigation of the ways in which an imaginal writing process might facilitate resilience in adolescent grils who has previously used writing to respond to challenging life experience. --Abstract
Keywords: Teenage girls -- Psychology; Creative writing -- Therapeutic use
|Getting to the heart of mentoring relationships: a dissertation - LeDuc, Karen|
The purpose of this study was to understand how the mentoring relationship and its organizational supports help to inform mentoring programs in public schools. Mentoring is defined as a complex interaction between a public school teacher, the mentor, and a new-to-the-district teacher, the protege. The mentoring relationship is examined from the perspectives of the mentor and the protege. --Abstract
Keywords: Mentoring in education -- United States
|Teachers' implementation of inquiry in elementary science education: a dissertation - Lawrence, Maria De Freece|
This research was an exploratory study of elementary school science education as implemented by five exemplary teachers in grades one through five, situated in four school districts of a Rhode Island Local Systemic Change initiative. This study sought to characterize the presence of inquiry-based teaching consistent with the tenets of constructivism and scientific inquiry as expressed in the book Inquiry and the National Science Foundation Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning (National R...
Keywords: Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs -- Research
|Shaking it up: challenging veteran teachers to change: a dissertation - Lang, Eveyln Baker|
[The] research, conducted at a 600 student middle school, explored the conditions and factors needed by veteran teachers to learn about and implement educational change, either mandated or teacher-initiated. Qualitative research methods used include in-depth interviews of veteran teachers and observations in classrooms, cluster meetings and professional development workshops... The veteran teachers studied were stimulated by change, regularly sought ways to improve, aspired to teach their studen...
Keywords: Teachers -- In-service training
|Brief relational mathematics counseling as an approach to mathematics academic support of college students taking introductory courses: a dissertation - Knowles, Jillian M.|
Traditional approaches to college mathematics support focus on cognitive aspects of the student's approach and only incidentally address affective problems such as mathematics and testing anxiety. Because such affective conditions may be symptoms of underlying relational problems rooted in a student's learning history, I proposed a brief relational mathematics counseling approach that integrates cognitive constructivist mathematics tutoring into a brief relational conflict counseling framework...
Keywords: Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Higher)
|How elementary school teachers learn to teach mathematics: a dissertation - Kirschner, Phyllis Schneider|
This study examines how elementary school teachers learned to teach mathematics during their pre-service education and during their first few years of teaching. The study identifies those experiences teachers found to be most significant in their development as mathematics teachers. All seven teachers in this study had been taught using procedural methods and each had to find a way to integrate conceptual mathematics education into their own understanding...
Keywords: Mathematics teachers -- Training of
|Gender and leadership: men and women's stories: a dissertation - Karanian, Barbara A.|
This study investigates gender and leadership.
Keywords: Sex differences (Psychology) -- Case studies; Leadership -- Psychological aspects
|Revitalization not retirement: a case for transformative professional development that echoes the voices of eight veteran literacy teachers: a dissertation - Johnson, Mary Ann|
This study investigated the way in which eight highly experienced literacy teachers learned to use formative assessment to guide instruction of a student at risk of failure in reading. -- Abstract
Keywords: Reading teachers -- In-service training; Literacy -- Study and teaching
|Media literacy education: personal and professional change: a dissertation - Johnson, Lesley L.|
This study investigates media literacy education and professional change.
Keywords: Audio-visual education
|Information literacy: an issue of equity for new majority students: a dissertation - Jackman, Lana Webb|
Educating over 49% of those who attend higher education, public colleges and universities must assume a more dynamic leadership role during this societal transformation if New Majority students are to develop the intellectual skills required to compete effectively in today's marketplace. By adopting an information literacy culture, public higher education can foster the intellectual empowerment needed by New Majority students to evolve into competent life-long learners and contributors to Americ...
Keywords: Educational equalization; Computer literacy
|Exile, identity, and artistic creation: an arts based phenomenological study with immigrant women: a dissertation - Heller, Vera|
This arts based phenomenological study with immigrant women explores the migratory and creative processes from the perspective of the Hero's archetype, viewed by Jung as a template for individuation. Its objective is to gain further insight into the contribution of art therapy to healing the fragmentation of identity inherent in the transition between two - often radically different - cultures. --Abstract
Keywords: Arts -- Therapeutic use -- Research; Women immigrants -- Cross-cultural studies
|Dynamics of teachers' aesthetic engagement with children's literature: a dissertation - Griffith, Susan C.|
This research study seeks to bring the missing voices of teachers into the conversation about teaching and learning children's literature at the college level. Grounded in an empirical base that affirms a need for this perspective, the study investigates and describes the dimensions, patterns and variations that constitute the dynamics of engagement that characterize teachers' experiences with children's literature as aesthetic experiences of adult reading...
Keywords: Children's literature -- Study and teaching (Higher)
|Talk among the dragonflies and dalmations: an investigation of communicative competence in a pre-kindergarten classroom: a dissertation - Goldberg, Lauren Foley|
A year-long ethnographic study of young children's language was conducted in a pre-kindergarten classroom. The investigation focused on the teachers' direct instruction and the children's emerging communicative competence in the rules and structure of group conversation. The class "Morning Meeting" was recorded once or twice a week for the entire year; a subset of these recordings formed the data set for the analysis...
Keywords: Children -- Language -- Research
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|Including elders' voices: a model for gerontology curriculum design in higher education: a dissertation - Gelish-Gugliucci, Marilyn Rose|
This study has proposed a new model for gerontology curriculum design. The model involves elders at two levels: designing gerontology courses/programs and participating in the students' learning experiences… The proposed curriculum model is framed within progressive and confluent curriculum ideologies: thereby, supporting experiential learning, personal growth, integration of attitudes, feelings, emotions, and relevance...
Keywords: Gerontology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
|Determining the degrees of needed support for first time parents in the immediate and early post partum period: a dissertation - Fraktman, Marilyn Grimes|
This study investigates the needed support for first-time parents in postnatal care.
Keywords: Postnatal care
|Taking charge: second graders negotiate ownership of their expressive writing: a dissertation - Fleming, Susan Douglas|
This study investigates second graders ownership of their expressive writing.
Keywords: Children -- Writing -- Psychological aspects
|Investigation of the relationship between middle school science teachers' knowledge and beliefs regarding the coherence and connections among science concepts and their classroom practices: a dissertation - Eberle, Francis|
This phenomenological investigation used an inductive qualitative research approach with multiple instruments and processes including a survey, interviews, classroom observations, concept maps, and classroom materials for data. The results suggest that middle school science teachers' ability to teach science in a connected and coherent fashion may be tied to their mental schema for organizing science ideas, curriculum materials, and their reflections on what they are teaching and why...
Keywords: Science -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- Case studies
|Aesthetics of listening: creating spaces of learning: a dissertation - Donovan, Lisa|
In this study with 9th-12th grade students in an urban Massachusetts school, I consider the question 'How can theater education develop a sense of voice and identity in adolescents?' Students in a drama class engaged in a variety of performance techniques including: interview theater, improvisation, and pantomime while considering the concept of voice/identity development. They then created an interview based script focused on an issue of their choice: the rules of the school and how they were e...
Keywords: Identity (Psychology) in adolescence; Drama in education -- Massachusetts -- Case studies
|Portraits of leadership: relationships among gender, age, and creativity: a dissertation - Desrosiers, Diane Caton|
This Portraits of Leadership research focuses on using children's artwork to study girls' perceptions of leadership. 244 school age children were asked to draw their image of a leader and to write descriptions of why they chose this person as a leader. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were conducted to determine the relationships among gender, age, and creativity and choice of leader in drawing and written descriptions...